Case Study of Genie

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What was the aim of the study?
To look at the progress or lack of progress of Genie to find out more about language development. To help her towards normal development.
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At what age was Genie found?
13
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At what age did Genie seem normal?
5 months
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What did the paediatrician say?
That there could be some retardation.
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On a daily basis, Genie was tied to the ..........
Potty chair often for days on end to sit in her own faeces.
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What did Genie have to play with when she was locked away?
A few cotton reels and cupboard door.
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How long had Genie not been socialised with?
Up to the age of 13.
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What did the Father believe about Genie?
That she would not live past 12 and if she did the Mother could go and get help.
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What methods were used to gather data about Genie after she was discovered?
Observing her behaviour, tests of language development, vidoetapes and recordings and the Drs were interviewed.
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How did Genie seem to progress in her development?
She began to understand words and identify objects, she could also understand numbers and asked for things.
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Why was there so much interest into the case of Genie?
Psychologists were interested in the idea of a critical period for language- genie was found passed this stage.
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Did she learn language normally?
No, she never did
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Besides being locked away, what else could have affected her development?
At 14 months they said she could have had some mental retardation.
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What are the strengths of the study?
Genie was not her real name - pseudonym. The case study is rich and detailed. Many different research methods were used - triangulation.
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What are the weaknesses of the study?
There is no "before" data as a baseline measure to see how privation affected her. It lacks generalisability as it is a unique case and impossible to replicate. Researchers criticised for putting the research ahead of the child.
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From this study, are the effects of Privation reversible?
Genie never developed normally after she was found at 13 and she never walked properly either. Privation will affect Genie for the rest of her life.
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